Genius

Genius

Michael Grandage (2015)

103min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The stories of great writers seldom make great cinema, and Genius is no exception - partly since it also seeks to tell the story of one of literature's greatest editors. Played by Colin Firth, Max Perkins is a mild-mannered family man whose red pen has sharpened the prose of Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald. Into his orbit comes the most unruly and potentially most talented of the lot: Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law), whose freeform debut novel, Look Homeward, Angel, arrives by the cartload, forcing the two men into a long and tight-knit working relationship that tests Perkins's patience as well as his marriage. Law and Firth spark well as odd-duck buddies, and theatre director Michael Grandage brings a light musicality that offsets the drudgery of, essentially, a man writing a book. But really there isn't a whole movie here, as is underscored when Nicole Kidman arrives, making a bizarre and thankless cameo as Wolfe's disturbed mistress.

Summary

New York, 1929, and after reading part of O Lost, world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins decides to publish it, and strikes up a complex friendship with the author, Thomas Wolfe. However, the latter's relationship with Aline Bernstein, a married woman 20 years older than him, is tested after the publication of Wolfe's novel. Drama, starring Colin Firth and Jude Law.

Cast & Crew

Max Perkins Colin Firth
Thomas Wolfe Jude Law
Aline Bernstein Nicole Kidman
Louise Perkins Laura Linney
F Scott Fitzgerald Guy Pearce
Ernest Hemingway Dominic West
Zelda Fitzgerald Vanessa Kirby
Director Michael Grandage
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some swearing
Drama